Strike Looms at Cincinnati State, Workers Call for Fair Contract

Union members remain committed to avoiding a strike and want to continue negotiations with college administrators.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – It has been two weeks since an independent, third-party fact finder issued recommendations for reaching a fair contract between the nearly 150 clerical, technical, and support staff at Cincinnati State, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199, and the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Board of Trustees. Soon after, that report was overwhelming supported by workers and unanimously rejected by the Board of Trustees.

Publically, college president O’Dell Owens has said, “we are convinced a fair agreement is within reach.” But for weeks, Owens refused to meet or even acknowledge calls and emails from Union representatives for continued negotiations until now.

“We applaud college administrators for agreeing to come back to the table,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199. “Workers remain committed to working out a fair contract that is in the best interest of all parties involved, including the staff, students and visitors of the college.” Negotiations are scheduled to begin at 10am on Tuesday, August 12th at the college.

If an agreement cannot be reached, the bargaining committee may have no choice but to move forward with their plans to issue a 10-day notice of their intent to strike, which could directly impact the beginning of classes later this month.

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